Shopping in Philippines (yuri in Philippines 3)

Yuri, Purple Shadow, Jay and Yuri’s brother go shopping in Talisay. They show the prices on grocery items in the mall. The malls in the Philippines is very different from the malls in the US.

You can see that most prices in the Philippines are lower than what you find in the US.

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Traveling to the Philippines Day 1 (Yuri in Philippines 2)

Yuri travels from Denver to Seattle to Taipei to Cebu.  On her first day she has to shop for basic needs to stay for one month with her sister Purple Shadow and nephew Jay.

It is a sad when she leaves her husband but exciting for her to see her family who she has been apart from for 2 years.

This is Yuri’s first day back in the Philippines.

take me to the airport (VLOG25 – Yuri in Philippines 1)

One of our subscribers asked us to make a video about going through an American airport.  She is a new immigrant who will eventually be traveling home.  She said:  “can you make a video for your vacation/work trip from the airport here in the US where you’ll take a flight up to your point of destination.. i want also to visit my relatives next year in Manila and this will be my first time travelling alone.. When i came here for a k_1 visa my husband whose my then fiance fetched me from the Phils. and we traveled back together here in US.. Thanks a lot and happy trip in advance… : – )”

This is the first part of my departure from Colorado to the Philippines. Bruce takes me to the airport and we part ways for the first time in 2 years :(.

On the way I show our subscribers a summary of what to do in an American airport. Its really no different.

Yuri Philippines Travel (VLOG022)

Over the course of 2 months, Yuri prepares for Philippines travel. She sends a balikbayan for gifts and donations. Bruce and Yuri start packing bags and getting things ready for the big trip!

 

 

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Philippines Cost of Living : Makati city Philippines : Buy or rent

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Yuri’s response to dragontemple1 who said:
“Great! I am just wondering if U can make a vlog about living in Makati as the richest area in the country & of course most expensive ! How to find the best deal on rental & possibility of buying a condo there. I saw one of your video about places to live & U briefly mentioned Makati. But I want to get a more in depth Info. Thank you.”

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http://www.myproperty.ph/properties-for-rent/apartments/makaticity-manila

http://www.roomrent.ph/

http://manila.craigslist.com.ph/search/apa

http://www.lamudi.com.ph/metro-manila/makati/apartment/rent/

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Retiring in the Philipipnes : Is mindanao safe?

A user Stated the following:
“I sat through about 10 minutes of this video and didn’t learn a thing. In fact I’ve been in Philippines for 12 + years and except for the infrastructure being terrible and the internet also being terrible, she isn’t very accurate in much of what she says.

She said, “Mindanao is where all the terrorism happens.” That simply isn’t true. I was on a bus on Feb 14, 2005 that left from the same Manila terminal as a bus that left later in the day and was bombed. Add to the fact that this woman totally ignores the fact that 90% of the “Mindanao terrorism” occurs actually in minor islands groups called Sulu and Jolo, not the mainland of the main island of Mindanao, and she is hard to believe about anything she says. The Philippines is NOT “paradise” unless you are a tourist and only go to remote places where the tourist industry has not yet ruined them.

This place might be a “paradise” if you are an older white guy looking for short time girlfriends (ready to take ALL your money as quickly as they can). If you want to go hunting or fishing, forget it because the water is too polluted to support aquatic life and even if you could carry a gun, the only things to hunt would be cobras, pythons and the occasional monkey because they have killed every living thing here. Oh, almost forgot, you might be able to kill a water monitor lizard if you get in the right place.”

He said a LOT here, but we wanted for focus on his statement about Mindanao. He said, “Add to the fact that this woman totally ignores the fact that 90% of the ‘Mindanao terrorism’ occurs actually in minor islands groups called Sulu and Jolo, not the mainland of the main island of Mindanao, and she is hard to believe about anything she says.”

So we put together a few facts about Mindanao so that the view can make there own decision. While we do use Wikipedia as a reference , note that we also use government travel warnings from multiple countries. We also explain our own experiences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxSaCspPM-I

Cost of living in the Philippines is mindanao safe

Viewer Stated the following:
“I sat through about 10 minutes of this video and didn’t learn a thing. In fact I’ve been in Philippines for 12 + years and except for the infrastructure being terrible and the internet also being terrible, she isn’t very accurate in much of what she says.

She said, “Mindanao is where all the terrorism happens.” That simply isn’t true. I was on a bus on Feb 14, 2005 that left from the same Manila terminal as a bus that left later in the day and was bombed. Add to the fact that this woman totally ignores the fact that 90% of the “Mindanao terrorism” occurs actually in minor islands groups called Sulu and Jolo, not the mainland of the main island of Mindanao, and she is hard to believe about anything she says. The Philippines is NOT “paradise” unless you are a tourist and only go to remote places where the tourist industry has not yet ruined them.

This place might be a “paradise” if you are an older white guy looking for short time girlfriends (ready to take ALL your money as quickly as they can). If you want to go hunting or fishing, forget it because the water is too polluted to support aquatic life and even if you could carry a gun, the only things to hunt would be cobras, pythons and the occasional monkey because they have killed every living thing here. Oh, almost forgot, you might be able to kill a water monitor lizard if you get in the right place.”

He said a LOT here, but we wanted for focus on his statement about Mindanao. He said, “Add to the fact that this woman totally ignores the fact that 90% of the ‘Mindanao terrorism’ occurs actually in minor islands groups called Sulu and Jolo, not the mainland of the main island of Mindanao, and she is hard to believe about anything she says.”

So we put together a few facts about Mindanao so that the view can make there own decision. While we do use Wikipedia as a reference , note that we also use government travel warnings from multiple countries. We also explain our own experiences.

Reference:

Kidapawan City  – http://www.philstar.com/nation/2016/04/01/1568321/farmer-dead-dozens-hurt-kidapawan-bloody-picket-dispersal

Recent kidnappings – how dangerous is Mindanao?

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/517315/indian-businessman-in-mindanao-kidnapped-on-third-attempt

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/741586/maguindanao-massacre-victims-kin-losing-hope

Travel Warning for Mindanao:

Backpacks banned in Kidapawan City

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/philippines-travel-warning.html

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/philippines

Other people telling to avoid the place:

https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/southeast-asia/philippines/areas-to-avoid-in-the-philippines

8 things you should know about the Philippines

After living in a developed “first world” country (USA) and a developing “third world” country (Philippines),  I have realized a few things.  I have noticed that no matter where you go there will be things you love and things you hate.  No place on Earth is perfect.  But there are many things that are undeniably better in the the high-tech developed world than in the poor developing world.  There is much less crime in the developed world.  Honestly, most of the crimes in the Philippines are not even reported.  The mortality rate is much higher in the developing world.  More people die of basic ailments and accidents.  In the US, a person with a debilitating disease or disability can not only live a long life but even be extremely successful.  Poverty is in EVERY country but there is a difference between relative poverty (relative to others in your country) and absolute poverty (severe deprivation of food, sanitation, health, education and shelter).  The first world is 100x better.

The bottom line is you won’t realize how great your life is until you decide to live in a poor country.  Visiting for a vacation is a totally different thing than living there permanently.  Whenever tourists go to the Philippines they think it is amazing.  It is beautiful. It is an unforgettable experience.  It is so awesome that may decide to settle in our country.  If you live there, you see the good, the bad and the ugly.  You will notice the living conditions of the average citizen through the news, radio shows, your neighbors and your extended family.

I lived in the Philippines for 25 years before moving to the US and I can tell you what you need to know before you move the Philippines.

1 .  Food poisoning.  It actually happens a lot in the Philippines but it is just not considered a big deal.  Even when you eat in a decent restaurant you will experience it often.  After a while your body starts to adapt but you will still experience it at least once a year.  Foreigners new to the country experiences it way more often.

2.  Crowds everywhere. Philippines is very crowded.  Even in the provincial/rural areas it is still crowded.  The draw back of over crowding is more than just long lines.  More people means more crimes.  Make sure you watch your wallet in the cities.

3.  People always mind your business. This is one of the thing that I hate the most.  Even as a kid I noticed that all the neighbors would watch everything we did and would end up finding out personal things about us.  As an adult its no different.  When I was living with my sister the neighbors would analyze everything we did.  Asking questions that are none of their business and assuming things that may or may not be true. Even if we were outside working on the garden, people pass by staring.. and staring.  It is extremely uncomfortable.  This happens all the time.  They are very nosy. Whenever a filipina has any foreigner with her, people want to check them out.

4.  Discomfort. In the Philippines, having stable electricity and Internet connectivity are comforts that many do not have.  Something so basic in the first world don’t work nearly as well in the Philippines.  Whenever a typhoon comes, it may cut the electricity for 5 hours or a whole night.  It is unavoidable.  Internet connectivity practically disappear every time there is a heavy rain.  During a typhoon, Internet and cellphone signals are also affected.

5.  Calamities. Typhoons happen every year in the Philippines.  A typhoon can hit any part of the Philippines.  Those most affected by it are people who live on smaller islands and those in big the cities where there is no good drainage system.  There are also earthquake, floods and 18 active volcanoes.

6.  Crime. I have direct experience crimes happening in my own country.  Every country has crime, but you are more likely to experience it in densely populated areas where there is a high level of poverty.

7.  Utilities.  The cost of utilities (electric and gas) are higher in the Philippines than what we pay here in US.  When I was living with my sister, we had a small refrigerator, a manual washing machine, a small oven that we occasionally use for baking and a 1 small air conditioner for a room.   The cost was $150 month.  Our stove was powered by a gas tank.  In the US, our single-family, 3 bedroom house with basement has a central air conditioning unit, with 2 tvs, 5 laptops, a full sized electric stove that I use every night for cooking many lights on in the home due to 4+ people living in it, a washer and dryer. We are paying $150 during the winter and $190 in the summer.

8.  Poverty. In the Philippines you will see homeless children sleeping in the streets.  The street kids live off the scraps of random strangers.  But the homeless are not the only ones affected by the slow economy.  The average Filipino wage is barely enough to live on with the relatively high cost of living.

All of these things you should be considered before living in the Philippines.  If you don’t mind any of the items mentioned then you will have a great life in paradise.  Overall if you decide to live in another country, study the statistics of how many people leave their own country before you make your final move.

Top 3 Things NOT to talk About in the Philippines

If you decide to visit the Philippines, there are certain subjects you should avoid.  The Filipinos are very laid back and cool but one thing you don’t want to mess with is the Catholic religion.  The things you don’t want to talk about all involve how the Catholic religion approaches these topics:

  1. gay rights
  2. religion
  3. prostitution

best hotel in cebu

The best hotel in Cebu is difficult to find because there are so many incredible hotels in Cebu City its hard to choose one.  But here is our list of those that are among the best.  We chose them based on quality of staff, service, online reviews from actual guest and accommodations.
1. J Park Island Resort and Waterpark formerly Imperial Palace Cebu Waterpark is one of the most luxurious resorts in Cebu with a variety of amenities at 5 star quality.  The location is in Phil BXT Corp Tourism Economic Zone in Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. J Park Resort consists of 556 rooms in a 7.5 hectares land area. It has very good review from its guests.

best hotel in cebu

Reviews from tripadvisor :

http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Hotel_Review-g298461-d1444058-Reviews-Imperial_Palace_Waterpark_Resort_and_Spa-Lapu_Lapu_Mactan_Island_Cebu_Island_Visayas.html

A video of Imperial Cebu:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrXgjlwTjyY

 

2. Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa is one of the best.  Based on my personal experience the food, the drinks and accommodation are top notch.  If you go, make sure you try the beach bar.  The have great drinks and a great view. The staff is friendly and welcoming. Shangri-La has a small beach area but I would say the customer service, cleanliness and landscape really makes up for it.  The management does an excellent job hiring great people to work there.

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Review from Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Hotel_Review-g298461-d306050-Reviews-Shangri_La_s_Mactan_Resort_Spa-Lapu_Lapu_Mactan_Island_Cebu_Island_Visayas.html

Shangri-La Hotel Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcWsqZ09TD4

 

3. Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu formerly Hilton Hotel is located beside Shangri-la Mactan. It has a beautiful interior and exterior design. Great ambiance.

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Hotel Review from agoda.com:

Agoda Review

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_6tlY2j7NQ

 

4. Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan is another luxurious 5 star resort hotel in Cebu. It also consistently gets good reviews from the travelers and their previous guests for their food and accommodation.

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Crimson Resort Review from Booking.com

http://www.booking.com/hotel/ph/crimson-resort-spa-mactan.en-gb.html?sid=1f25ed3158c55566297c6b488a202bce;dcid=1;origin=disamb;srhash=2061482106;srpos=1#tab-reviews

Hotel Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vRg9rSEzvc

 

5. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu has probably the best variety in their breakfast. I would rate it as excellent. It is expensive but it is worth it. The rooms are nice.  The experience matches the price you pay. Customer service is good.

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Hotel Review:

Marco Polo Plaza

Cool flair tending Show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je_GP_ldj4s

 

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6. Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino is a 3 star hotel located at Lahug, Cebu City. The exterior needs better landscaping but you won’t be disappointed by the interior. The rooms are all carpeted. The customer service is fine, but could use some improvement. They should train and hire better staff who know about their jobs as some are not so attentive, or friendly.

Hotel Review:

http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Hotel_Review-g298460-d308375-Reviews-Waterfront_Cebu_City_Hotel_Casino-Cebu_City_Cebu_Island_Visayas.html

Hotel Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhyih4rrDwc

 

7. Marriott Hotel is located beside the Ayala Mall. It has good set of breakfast buffet and a very comfortable bed. The staff is very professional and attentive to guest’s needs. Its average room price is around P 8,000.00 but its worth it for the service and the amenities you get.

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Tripadvisor Review: http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Hotel_Review-g298460-d299773-Reviews-Cebu_City_Marriott_Hotel-Cebu_City_Cebu_Island_Visayas.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtirOyOE_nM

 

8. Mandarin Plaza Hotel is rated as a 4 star hotel that also has good reviews from people. Its location is in IT Park Lahug. Guests had given a rating of good to excellent. Its given high marks for its excellent food, accessibility and good accommodation.

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Hotel Review:

http://www.booking.com/hotel/ph/mandarin-plaza.en-gb.html?sid=1f25ed3158c55566297c6b488a202bce;dcid=1;origin=disamb;srhash=2766869920;srpos=1

http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Hotel_Review-g298460-d4610789-Reviews-Mandarin_Plaza_Hotel-Cebu_City_Cebu_Island_Visayas.html

Hotel Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMt2Avbf_hw

 

9. Best Western Plus Lex Cebu is a newly built 4 star hotel located at capitol site Escario St. Cebu city. It has been rated in Tripadvisor as number 4 of the recommended hotels in Cebu City from people who have stayed there. One great thing about Lex is its location. It is very accessible to the hang out spots, malls and tourist spots around Cebu City.

best hotel in cebu

Hotel Review: http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Hotel_Review-g298460-d3930930-Reviews-BEST_WESTERN_Plus_Lex_Cebu-Cebu_City_Cebu_Island_Visayas.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FO-cUgiQuE

10. Cebu Parklane International Hotelbest hotel in cebu city 1 is located next to Ayala mall. It is very accessible, fine rooms and its rates. It has an indoor pool and a fine buffet breakfast but not so much variety of food.

Hotel Review:

http://www.booking.com/hotel/ph/cebu-parklane-international.en-gb.html?sid=1f25ed3158c55566297c6b488a202bce;dcid=1#tab-reviews

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHa1H7o1KHs

 

11. Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu is located beside SM Mall Cebu. It has a huge, luxurious lobby. They also have a fine landscape around the hotel and a nice pool. Radisson blu has a function room called Santa Maria Grand Ballroom that can cater 1500 people.

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http://www.radissonblu.com/explore-hotels/browse#brands=SK&themes=&amenities=&lCountry=PH&lCity=1613

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHa1H7o1KHs

 

12. The Henry Hotel is a 4 star boutique hotel in Cebu City. It has a very unique and cool design. It has great reviews on customer service as well.. although there are no bathroom doors lol. For travelers that are into art, I think this hotel would be fun!

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Tripadvisor Review:

http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Hotel_Review-g298460-d3380567-Reviews-The_Henry_Hotel-Cebu_City_Cebu_Island_Visayas.html

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9P8bmM4-eA

 

13. Diamond Suites And Residences is rated as a 4 star hotel located a few steps away from Ayala mall. Great location and customer service. The hotel is new, modern type with great online deals lower than 50 usd. Very good value for your money.

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Tripadvisor Review:

http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Hotel_Review-g298460-d1989765-Reviews-Diamond_Suites_Residences-Cebu_City_Cebu_Island_Visayas.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiPqLjezxiM

 

14. Plantation Bay Resort and Spa is a very beautiful 5 star resort. It has an amazing landscape and a peaceful environment. It offers the privacy that guests need with a cultural dance entertainment at night time. What you see in pictures are exactly how it looks in person.

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Booking.com Plantation Bay Review:

http://www.booking.com/hotel/ph/plantation-bay-resort-and-spa.en-gb.html?sid=1f25ed3158c55566297c6b488a202bce;dcid=1;origin=disamb;srhash=2061482106;srpos=3#tab-reviews

Hotel Video:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=plantation+bay+resort+in+cebu

 

15. Alta Cebu Resort is located in Cordova, Lapu-lapu City. It has a mini zoo and a quiet environment. Alta Resort has 2 pools , a mini bar and a restaurant. They also offer huge budget rooms for guests that are in big groups.

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image: everythingcebu.com

Hotel Review:

http://www.booking.com/hotel/ph/alta-cebu-resort.en-gb.html?sid=1f25ed3158c55566297c6b488a202bce;dcid=1;origin=disamb;srhash=2061482106;srpos=6

 

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